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Cantina Zaccagnini

Cost: Average price $13

Where buy now: Sorella Wines

Grapes: Montepulciano d'Abruzzo

Region: Italy

Vintage: 2009

I’ve been lazy, forgive me. I didn’t think it got that bad until I was out recently and a handful of folks said, “hey, where are your weekly updates?.” Gosh, you actually read this drivvle? And like it?!?!

So, let’s get back to my wheel-house, Italian m’f’in’ wine!

Let me transport you...

Upon opening the bottle, like sizzling bacon and coffee awakening you from a fuzzy slumber, fragrances of red berries, spice, leather and earth emerge. Mmmm! The motherland, she’s calling me home. I pour a glass of the violet nectar and swirl. Taking a sip, I get a mouthful of just what I want: flavors of red berries, pepper, leather and a hint of herbs. This dry red wine coats your mouth, yet it’s low acidity doesn’t leave you overwhelmed. It has a great sense of Terroir for just $13, and I can actually say that, first hand, having spent quality time on the Italian country side (eating dirt and licking plants-- whut?).

I simply love, love, love this wine. It’s 100% Montepulicano d’Abruzzo; an Italian wine I can sip without any food and savor the tastes. However, if you’re looking for a new Italian wine staple, or you’re just new to Italian wines, pick this one up. This wine would pair very well with a few different sauces (or “gravies”, if you will). Either try your hand at creating, or pick up some store bought Puttanesca or Arrabiata sauce, and toss with your favorite pasta. This wine would go very well with a pizza, perhaps sausage & peppers, or good ol’ spaghetti and meatballs. Just stop thinking about it and go purchase it.

An instagram friend said they call it the “stick wine”, due to the decorative branch that adorns each bottle. That works and makes this bottle easier to spot in the store. I bought mine at Sorella Wines for a under $12 during one of their sales.

Last Updated ( Thursday, December 06, 2012 1:05pm )  


+1 # Samantha 2013-02-15 13:25
Ok not to go all weird on you but I LOVE YOU. The way you write has me giggling my ass off. (can I say that?) I have to add their Pinot Grigio is DELISH and goes well with AIR
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0 # Savvy Lush Admin 2013-02-15 22:22
Dear Samantha ~

Thank you so much for commenting, you made my day! Plus you have me AND my editor rolling with laughter. . ."Pinot Grigio goes well with air." I have to use that quote in the future, if I may.
Any other suggestions or wines you're interested in, let me know. Glad I can entertain and you dig my sense of humor.

Cheers, love!
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0 # Sharp 2013-04-28 17:32
I fully agree with you comments. A real pleasure to drink on it's own or with variety of foods. True Italian. I like very few reds and yet I love this one.
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-1 # Tim 2013-05-09 12:17
This is one of our staples, but try as I might I have a hard time selling it because I have a hard time describing it. Thank you for making my incompetence invalid!
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0 # Allie 2013-05-09 17:00
Ciao Tim ~

Thanks for commenting, much obliged! Hope you can sell this great juice all day long now! Make others privy to what we already know.

Cheers, love!
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0 # Surge 2013-07-21 20:41
I found this stuff to be insipid and almost acidic when chilled. But bringing it up to room temperature or slightly warmer(!) opens up an incredible array of complexity and richness, that lingers a while on the palate and even longer in memory. Incredibly versatile, this wine pairs well with anything from tuna on rye to spicy chili - and all the classic pasta sauces and other Italian staples in between. Expect intensity with a huge scale of subtle overtones and appreciate it.
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Fine. I don't have any sommelier badges. But I have drunk a lot of wine. A lot.

And though I’ve swirled my share of Chateau Valandraud Saint-Emilion, the bottles I buy are almost always under fifteen bucks. Because I'm not made of money.

So now I invite you to benefit from my tireless field work in the sodden trenches of great wine.



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